Hill of Skryne

  • Directions
  • From Navan:

    Get on the R147 heading towards Dublin. Continue on this road (through three roundabouts) for about 11Km. Take a left at Ross Cross for Skryne. Continue on the Old Ross Road until you come to the next crossroads. Take a left for The Green at Swans Pub and then take the first left after you turn. Arrive at the Hill of Skryne. From Trim: Take the R154 headed towards Dublin/Clonee. After 10Km turn left toward Knightsfield Park. Continue straight onto Knightsfield Park. Continue onto Old Ross Road. Turn left onto R147 and then take the immediate right for Skryne onto Old Ross Road. Continue on the Old Ross Road until you come to the next crossroads. Take a left for The Green at Swans Pub and then take the first left after you turn. Arrive at the Hill of Skryne.

    Via M1 Motorway or Drogheda:

    Take the M1 (this road is tolled) coming from Belfast. At junction 7, take the R132 exit to Julianstown/Balbriggan (North). At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto R132. Turn left onto R150. Turn right onto R150/R152. Take the 1st left onto R150. Turn left onto N2. Turn right onto R153. Turn left for the road towards Trim. Continue on this road until you reach Skryne. Take a right for The Green at Swans Pub and then take the first left after you turn. Arrive at the Hill of Skryne.

    From Dublin:

    Take the M3 (this road is tolled) headed for Cavan. At junction 6, take the R125 exit to Dunshaughlin/Trim. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto R125. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit and stay on R125. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto R147. At Ross Cross turn right for Skryne onto Old Ross Road. Continue on the Old Ross Road until you come to the next crossroads. Take a left for The Green at Swans Pub and then take the first left after you turn. Arrive at the Hill of Skryne.

  • Hill of Skryne, Skryne, Co. Meath

  • Region: Navan ,
  • Skryne

Skryne, or Skreen as it is officially known, is a small village situated on and around a hill. The hill is a short distance west of Tara and the area is sometimes referred to as the Tara/Skryne Valley. The Hill of Skryne is actually higher than its more famous neighbour at Tara. One can enjoy wonderful views of each hill from the summit of the other. In the 12th century, Hugh de Lacy granted the Barony of Skryne to his finest knight, Adam de Feipo. He subdivided it and granted twenty of his followers with land grants. Today, eight centuries later, one of those twenty estates is still held by a direct descendant of the original grantee, that of Dunsany.

In 875 the shrine and relics of St. Colmcille were brought for safe keeping to a monastery at the Hill of Skryne. Originally known as “Achall,” the present name Skreen derives from Scrin Choluim Chille – Colmcille's shrine. The monastery was plundered several times between the late 10th and 12th centuries. The shrine itself was robbed in 1027 but was later recovered. The present church and tower may date from the 15th century. It has two sections as had many churches of the time; a nave where the congregation sat and a chancel where the altar was placed. There is a massive tower at its west end, probably from the 14th century. Inside the tower are fragments of the baptismal font and a tomb-slab. To the north east of the church is a late medieval stone cross with a crucifixion carved on its west face.

Hill Of Skryne Image


(Image: Copterview Ireland)

Fact

At the foot of the tower is a pub and stables that feature in the Guinness ‘White Christmas’ Television advertisement.

Town
Address

Hill of Skryne, Skryne, Co. Meath

Directions

From Navan:

Get on the R147 heading towards Dublin. Continue on this road (through three roundabouts) for about 11Km. Take a left at Ross Cross for Skryne. Continue on the Old Ross Road until you come to the next crossroads. Take a left for The Green at Swans Pub and then take the first left after you turn. Arrive at the Hill of Skryne. From Trim: Take the R154 headed towards Dublin/Clonee. After 10Km turn left toward Knightsfield Park. Continue straight onto Knightsfield Park. Continue onto Old Ross Road. Turn left onto R147 and then take the immediate right for Skryne onto Old Ross Road. Continue on the Old Ross Road until you come to the next crossroads. Take a left for The Green at Swans Pub and then take the first left after you turn. Arrive at the Hill of Skryne.

Via M1 Motorway or Drogheda:

Take the M1 (this road is tolled) coming from Belfast. At junction 7, take the R132 exit to Julianstown/Balbriggan (North). At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto R132. Turn left onto R150. Turn right onto R150/R152. Take the 1st left onto R150. Turn left onto N2. Turn right onto R153. Turn left for the road towards Trim. Continue on this road until you reach Skryne. Take a right for The Green at Swans Pub and then take the first left after you turn. Arrive at the Hill of Skryne.

From Dublin:

Take the M3 (this road is tolled) headed for Cavan. At junction 6, take the R125 exit to Dunshaughlin/Trim. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto R125. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit and stay on R125. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto R147. At Ross Cross turn right for Skryne onto Old Ross Road. Continue on the Old Ross Road until you come to the next crossroads. Take a left for The Green at Swans Pub and then take the first left after you turn. Arrive at the Hill of Skryne.

Latitude
53.5843
Longitude
-6.5629
Region
GPS: 53.5843, -6.5629

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